At this stage of the tournament weve been diagnosed with very serious case of Rugby Fever.
Symptoms include losing entire weekends to matches, buying a Japanese jersey off the back of one game, and spending far too much of our paycheck in the pub because watching at home just isnt the same. But the problem is, its tough to find a good boozer to watch the games.
There are some very specific requirements for a pub to watch the Rugby World Cup in. The pub cant be too jammed, but needs to be busy enough to drum up some atmosphere. It cant be too expensive, but we also dont want to be stuck drinking cheap swill. We dont want to have the ears burned off us by someone who was a sub in two games for Blackrocks C team in second year, but at the same time we also like to meet new people and have some craic. Sounds like a Goldilocks situation right?
Well weve put together a list of some of our favourite spots to catch a match in and were pretty sure well see you in one of them very soon.
Right, remember what we said about how a place can be too busy? Well we lied, its only a problem if youre standing. This place will be packed for a big game, but the atmosphere is amazing. One piece of advice, get in early, get a table, and designate one person to go to the bar for rounds
The Back Page - Phibsborough Road, Phibsborough
To steal their own tagline, less gastro, more astro. This is a proper sports bar, but with enough space to enjoy yourself and relax. Decently priced pizza too, so youll have plenty of soakage if youre hanging around for more than just the one game.
Well done Dublin, thats a compliment coming from a corkonian, which says something
Posted byThe Back PageonSunday, 20 September 2015
The Bleeding Horse - Camden Street Upper
The thing about the Bleeding Horse is that its not just a great place to catch a game for the rugby World Cup, its a great pub for any kind of game. Whether its big or small, football or tennis, this place has it all. Plenty of corners to find room for you and your mates, and enough screens to give you a vast choice of what way youll strain your neck.
This place is claiming to have the biggest screen in Europe, and if you were there for any of the FIFA World Cup games last summer, youll know why. Itsmassive. Wed recommend this place for the big spectacles because theres nothing like a full house in here.
Look, if youve ever had a pint of Guinness in Dublin you were probably instantly told if you think thats good, wait till you try Toners. Theyre known for it, but they also have an atmosphere on match day thatll rival any big pub. A heated beer garden with big screens, what more could you want?
How could we do a list of bars to watch the match and not include this place. Its arguably the best sports pub in the city, and right in the middle of town. Again, youll need to be here early if youre out for a big game, but youll have no reason to leave because if youre feeling hungry weve two words for you. Chicken wings.
If theres one thing the place isnt missing, its big TVs. It hasplentyof them. A really central location, as well as a famous carvery, make it the perfect place to start the day.
Screens, theyve got them. Theyve also got a few tourists, which is exactly what you want. Theres nothing like celebrating an Irish win in front of opposition fans, although you do run the risk of having to look at some French fans in tears of happiness if we slip up. Basically this pubs inclusion is entirely based on the performances of the boys in green.
The Bull & Castle - Lord Edward Street
We deliberated pretty hard on whether or not to include this place, just because we dont want the word getting out about it, so thats the regard we hold this place in. It has an amazing selection of craft beers, we recommend...all of them. Were telling you about this place in good faith, dont ruin it for us.
Were big fans of this place anyway, its always been a great spot, but theyve somehow upped their game even further for the World Cup. Thisll explain what we mean.
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